An agent of the NCIS dies in an execution-style shooting; Gibbs and company investigate. A radioactive painting provides clues, and an impostor federal agent causes trouble, but Gibbs and Tony, on horseback, and the others break the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Vance (credit only)
Bart Lemming
Dina Risi
Navy Commander Weidman
Navy Seaman Richard Zell
Bartholomew Lemming
NCIS Agent Jack Patterson
NCIS Mailroom Clerk Roy


Jack Patterson, a special agent of the NCIS, dies on a sidewalk in Washington, DC, in an execution-style shooting right after he drops a package into a mailbox. Abby says that Jack was on his way to meet her; soon she receives the carton from Jack, which contains a painting, which Abby finds to be radioactive. Gibbs interviews a man who introduces himself as an agent of the US Department of Homeland Security (DoHS). Abby learns that the slugs in Jack's body match a handgun used in an unsolved murder in Arizona two years ago; Gibbs and Tony go to Arizona and meet the artist. The real agent of the DoHS shows up in the squad bay; McGee alerts Gibbs, who, while on horseback with Tony, soon receives gunfire from a helo, and they return fire and crash the bird. Gibbs and Tony rescue the artist from harm, and they and the rest of the gang finish putting together the pieces of what happened. Written by DocRushing

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Anthony DiNozzo mentions Chris O'Donnell this is a nod to ncis:LA agent G.Callen See more »


Gibbs and Dinozzo fly to Arizona to find a witness, but the rock formations are actually Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park north of Los Angeles California. See more »


NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee: Boss, we got a problem. Barthomew Leming from OHS is here.
NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: What's the problem?
NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee: It's the *real* Barthomew Lemming. The guy we've been dealing with is an imposter.
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »


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Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Screw the Pooch ASCAP
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3 January 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode was really good and one of the best episodes of the season so far. So far, my favorite season is season 5 and I found season 6 to be a more bland follow up. Luckily this episode was really good and bumps up the season.

Gibbs and DiNozzo go to the Arizona desert to track down the last person to have seen a dead marine. The episode starts out in DC but ends up in the Arizona desert.

This episode is really hilarious throughout. First of all because of DiNozzo possibly inheriting a fortune and second of all the dialogue was just very good.

The case wasn't too complex but it was original therefore also awesome. it's not in every episode that they travel to the Arizona desert.

Anyone who has seen this episode knows that the best scene is the infamous scene where Gibbs shoots down a chopper with one bullet and yes it's as awesome as it sounds. Best scene of the episode.

Overall, this was an awesome action packed episode and I think it's one of Gibbs' best episodes. It's too bad that South by Southwest and Red Cell (two great Gibbs episodes) aren't as known as Requiem and Heartland.

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